Ocean Day In Japan: Origins And Things To Do!
Ocean day, also known as Sea Day, Marine Day or "Umi no Hi" (海の日), is a Japanese national holiday in July. Find out where the origin comes from, it's cultural significance - or lack of, actually! - and special events surrounding Ocean Day, including the Marine Day Odaiba Lantern Festival!
- Jul 15, 2019(Mon)
It was first established as a national holiday in 1996, and until 2003, the holiday was fixed on July 20th. It has been held on the third Monday of the month since 2003 as part of the government's "Happy Monday" reform under which some fix-dated national holidays were moved to Monday to allow people to have a couple of long weekends throughout the year.
Why Is Ocean Day Celebrated
That being said, as said before, it is the only national holiday in July and it happens to occur right after the rainy season, so many people seize the long weekend that it is part of to enjoy some summer-time activities.
Officially speaking, it is the day that commemorates the return of the Meiji Emperor from the sea aboard a steamship called the Meiji Maru. The imperial voyage had gone as far as the Tohoku Region of Japan (located in the northeast of the country, below Hokkaido).
"express gratitude for the blessings of the sea and wish prosperity for the oceanic country of Japan."
What To Do On Ocean Day
If you are in Tokyo area, you might want to check out these places in Kanagawa Prefecture for some good beach spots!
Special Events - "Umi Festivals" 海フェスタ
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